Ombre hat – a short tutorial

Goal number 2: "From head to toe" Challenge

I had this idea for quite some time, to knit an ombre hat. I saw some really nice ones on Instagram, and I really liked the effect you get when one color merges into another. And so, when the From Head to Toe challenge started I thought it is the right time for me to finally knit this hat! And since this little project got a lot of love on social media (thank you so much for that!), here is the simple recipe for making this hat.

For my hat, I used our Heritage yarn, the darker version and Elena yarn natural. I knitted the hat with two strands of yarn for extra coziness. My gauge was 17.5 stitches / 4 inc (10 cm). I used around 35gr of our won Heritage and 35 gr Elena for the hat and then around 15 gr extra for the pompom.

For the basic math, I found this very useful website that spells out how to calculate the number of stitches to cast on for different head circumferences. For example: my head circumference is 21 in. For a snug fit (and also because I know that our wool has the tendency to relax quite a lot after washing) I went for 2 in negative ease. This means that I calculated the number of stitches to cast on for 21-2 = 19 in. As a result, I calculated that I would need 19 x 4.37 = 83 stitches. I rounded down to 82 in order to get an even number of stitches. 

The hat recipe

I CO 82 stitches with Heritage held double. I used an elastic CO method and 3.5 EU size needles. 

The ribbing: knit in the back loop, purl in the front loop for 14 rounds with the smaller needles. I ended with a purl round.

I changed the needles to 4 EU and continue knitting for 6 rounds. 

I discontinued one Heritage thread and added a thread Elena and continued knitting for around 16 rounds. I then discontinued the Heritage thread and added a new Elena thread and continued knitting until the total length was 7 in.

The decrease section. I decreased every other round, e.g.,

1st decrease: repeat the sequence *4knit, 2tog* + some extra stitches, followed by a knit round 

2nd decrease: repeat the sequence *3knit, 2tog* + some extra stitches, followed by a knit round

3nd decrease: repeat the sequence *2knit, 2tog* + some extra stitches, followed by a knit round

4th decrease: repeat the sequence *1knit, 2tog* + some extra stitches, followed by a knit round

5th decrease: repeat the sequence *2tog* + some extra stitches, followed by a knit round

With the remaining stitches, I closed the hat, washed and blocked. Made a pompom and attached it. And now I am enjoying my new ombre hat and I can’t be bothered by all that cold Dutch winter wind :)

Xx, Ioana

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